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Catch up with news and views of Ann every Wednesday in her column in the Daily Express.

ANN'S VISIT TO ETHIOPIA - DECEMBER 2013

Ann is Vice President of The Leprosy Mission and in December went to Ethiopia where nearly 4000 new cases of leprosy were diagnosed in 2012 and which is one of the top 10 countries suffering from leprosy.

Too Ill To Beg

Old man in leprosy community too ill to beg, no other income

Closeup - The Effects of Leprosy

Close-up - the effects of leprosy if not treated immediately

Crippled and Blinded

These men are crippled and blinded by leprosy and take it in turns to be carried to a begging point each day.

Healthy and Busy

Healthy and busy by contrast


If you would like to send a donation to The Leprosy Mission England and Wales the address is Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5GZ.

For more information about The Leprosy Mission you can visit facebook.com/pages/The-Leprosy-Mission-England-Wales or follow them on Twitter @leprosytalk.

 

MARRAKECH TRIP SUPPORTING SPANA

Ann has just returned from Morocco where she was supporting SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) in its efforts to secure better treatment for working donkeys and mules and campaigning against the use of monkeys and snakes in tourist attractions.




Seemingly harmless activities harm animals, to get this message Ann posed for the ITV team that was travelling with her, snakes draped around her neck.

Posing with snakes for pictures like this is a popular and seemingly harmless activity for a holidaymaker but the reality for the snake is gruesome. The snakes feed only every few months and are captured when freshly full. Their teeth are then extracted to make them safe for tourists and then when some months later they are hungry again but unable to eat, they are killed.

Likewise the monkeys. Such fun to hold and cuddle. Such a great pic for the album with one sitting on either shoulder. Sadly it is not much fun for the monkeys, the mothers of which are shot to enable the young to be captured and when they are in turn bigger, heavier and less reliable they too are killed.

SPANA's web site can be found here.

 

STRICTLY ANN - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY - NOW OUT

Ann's autobiography is now in the shops and on kindle. Humorous and informative it covers her life from her childhood in Singapore through politics to Strictly Come Dancing.

Find out more about the book and where to get it >>

Here's Ann at one of her recent book shop appearances at Waterstones, Maidstone.

Ann at Waterstones Book Launch

 

OFF TO VIETNAM

Oops! Arrived at Gatwick and had no English coins for the trolley. A kind family gave me a pound, but resolutely refused to take my fiver in exchange. The fiver has now gone in a charity box and I promised the family that I would put this photo on my website by way of thanks!

 

 

DIOCESAN LECTURE

Ann returns to Bath to give diocesan lecture to commemorate first anniversary of papal visit at St John's church

Ann returns to Bath to give diocesan lecture to commemorate first anniversary of papal visit at St John's church

Ann returns to Bath to give diocesan lecture to commemorate first anniversary of papal visit at St John's church

 

STRICTLY COME DANCING

Strictly has had huge spin-off for Ann.  Earlier this year Ann did the Live Tour and now Ann can truthfully claim to have played Wembley.  She danced with Craig Revel Horwood throughout and he invited her to go in to pantomime with him in December.  Tickets may be obtained from the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Kent.

Ann and Craig dance

 

Ann and Craig advertising the panto 

 "I spent 10 weeks doing a pantomime in the middle of a dance show so I might as well spend three weeks doing a dance in the middle of a pantomime"

 

Shall We Dance?  Ann and veteran.

Photo Credit: Professional Images

Ann supports a BUPA initiative to encourage dancing for the elderly.

 

Ann and Anton reunited

Ann and Anton supporting the BUPA initiative.

 

RNID celebrates its 100th birthday

Photo Credit: Professional Images

Ann drawing attention to the plight of the deaf.  Earlier she had joined a party from RNID at Buckingham Palace to present the Duke of Edinburgh with ear muffs to wear while out shooting.  "Get your ears checked" says Ann "with the same regularity you would have your eyes tested".


Ann and Anton Du Beke

Photograph © BBC / John Wright

Ann and Anton Du Beke

Photograph © BBC / John Wright

Ann and Anton Du Beke

Photograph © BBC / Guy Levy


Ann and Anton Du Beke
Photograph © BBC / Guy Levy

 

LIFE ON DARTMOOR

Ann continues to enjoy life on Dartmoor and this is the view from her front window.

View over Dartmoor

 

BIRMINGHAM HONORARY DOCTORATE

My big event of the year! In July, I was awarded an Honorary from Birmingham Unversity, where I read Latin from 1966-1969. I was fascinated by the changes to the campus and in the style of student living.

 




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